We’re all in this together

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 12:09 a.m.

ANOTHER Araw ng Dabaw celebration has passed with no untoward incident.

Covington: Just a thought

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 12:09 a.m.

I BEG to differ. Again. Elections are in the air, be they national or local. Rody for President? I say let the man alone; retire to his motorcycles or stamp collections or whatever Rody does in his spare time.

Lidasan: Who needs identity?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 12:08 a.m.

ONE afternoon of March 14, 2015 I was invited in the kanduri (Thanksgiving) activity of the Davao City Iranun community. The kanduri was entitled, “Handog Pasasalamat kay Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for recognizing the Bangsa Iranun of the City”, with a theme, Bangsa Ko Sha’bkn Ko, Itindeg Ko (support and proclaim my “tribe”).

Editorial: ‘Unquestionable leadership’

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 11:11 p.m.

THREE Senate committees that investigated what happened in Mamasapano last Jan. 25 did not mince words. “The President must show leadership,” they said in the report released yesterday.

Roperos: Makati conflict

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 11:10 p.m.

WHAT should seriously be taken into consideration in a setup that operates under a democratic ideology is the reality of the principle that the government that runs the country should be of the people, by the people and for the people.

Following this democratic tenet, it is difficult to contend against a news story in the print media that says that the Court of Appeals (CA) temporarily stopped the suspension of Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay due to corruption allegations.

Wenceslao: Senate report: blame over lessons?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 11:09 p.m.

SEN. Grace Poe, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, presented yesterday a 12-page executive summary of its probe into the Mamasapano, Maguindanao clash last Jan. 25, 2015 that resulted to the death of 44 elements of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF), 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters and five civilians.

Barrita: Nosedive

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 11:08 p.m.

President Noynoy Aquino’s approval and trust ratings nosedived to their lowest level since he assumed office in 2010, Pulse Asia’s latest survey showed.

PNoy started his term with high approval and trust ratings. But the January 25 Mamasapano, Maguindanao debacle, with the death of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos, pulled his ratings down.

Nalzaro: A desperate move

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 11:07 p.m.

HOW desperate the move of this “has-been politician” is. To be remembered by the city's constituents in next year's elections, he has been appearing in a “teleserye” in a local TV channel. His role? A cook (or to be more decent, a chef) of a rich family. And he he is frequently scolded by his “boss” for his bad cooking.

In real life, this “has-been politician” is a good cook. He often invites his friends to his residence to taste the food he cooks.

Briones: Victim of circumstance

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 11:06 p.m.

POOR Danilo Cojo. The 47-year-old driver was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Just before dawn last Sunday, the prime mover he was driving figured in an accident on the Cebu South Coastal Road at the South Road Properties (SRP). Five persons were killed. Cojo was on his way to Pier 3 in Cebu City to deliver cement from the City of Naga.

Carvajal: Miffed again

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 11:05 p.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has miffed me again in the case of the trees in the road beside the Capitol that it bullheadedly refuses to cut or even ball and move to another place for the reason that it is the law. The trees are not old, hence not heritage trees at all. Moreover, because they are off of the central dividing line they do not allow the widened road to be split down the middle to create two lanes coming and going.

Luczon: From Mamasapano to Balit (Part 2)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 09:19 p.m.

THE start of 2015 brought joy and sorrow for the general public: first came Pope Francis, whom the majority of Catholic faithful considered as the bringer of bright light in the country; but two weeks more or less later, it was shrouded again with darkness especially in Mindanao.

Domondon: Denial of proposed carnival and trade fair at Burnham Park advised

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 09:12 p.m.

THE committee on market, trade and commerce chaired by Honorable City Councilor Elaine Sembrano submitted to the city council Monday a recommendation denying a proposal for the operation and conduct of a carnival and trade fair within the Ganza parking area at Burnham Park.

Sy: Candied orange peel

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 09:03 p.m.

TANGERINES and other citrus fruits peels and their alternative uses Baguio's markets are awash with fruit. Some of the many fruits sold in the markets are the citrus fruits, such as oranges, tangerines, calamansi, lemons and other citrussey fruits.

Tangerines, the main point of interest here in the column, is but one of the many kinds of citrus which can be used in the following recipe.

Mercado: Lubao City

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 07:37 p.m.

NAIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado, a Presidential cabalen and "kabarilan", advocated the simultaneous development of NAIAA and Clark international airport.

Pacete: Tourism: Ready for the Apec meeting

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 02:03 p.m.

THE Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec)-Bacolod Organizing Committee (BOC) is stretching both arms to see to it that the meeting to be held in Bacolod will become a landmark event for Negros. This will be on April 29 to 30 (conference proper).

This is not going to be a ministers’ meeting but a consistory of a technical working group who will discuss subject matters (I was told) related to micro insurance, financing, and disaster risk reduction management. We expect 100 participants from the member-economies. This will be covered all by more or less 100 media men from all over the world.) Local and national media men are also expected to be present.)

Legaspi: Graduations

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 02:01 p.m.

THIS year is a very significant year for high school graduates. If in case, K-12 will be implemented, this will be the last year that we will have products from the 10-year Philippine educational system. This coming June will also be the last time that colleges will be accepting freshmen. This will also be the last batch of high school graduates who will be the tail of the old Philippine educational system, who this Aquino administration called as unqualified and incompetent products of the Philippines.

Editorial: Binay’s ‘rule of law’ claim

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:10 p.m.

AN interesting sequence of events happened in Makati City yesterday. For only a few hours, the city had a new mayor.

Roperos: Manny’s fight

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:09 p.m.

NO one who knew Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao as a struggling young fighter some years ago could have anticipated what has become of him many years later.

He was said to be a struggling young boy from General Santos City in Mindanao but whose father has roots in mid-western Cebu near Balamban, the town that shares its boundary with Cebu City.

Cabaero: Images of war

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:08 p.m.

THE discovery of the wreckage of a World War II Japanese battleship is placing the central Philippines in the international limelight.

Big discovery and big names are involved in the finding of the wreckage of the Japanese battleship Musashi, the largest and most heavily armed warship ever built. An exploration led by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in the Sibuyan Sea in central Philippines found the Musashi last March 2, after eight years of exploring.

Seares: Last 500 days: PNoy as lame duck or ‘zombie’

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:07 p.m.

"What a wasted presidency! Destroyed by pigheadedness and blind loyalty to corrupt or incompetent subordinates." -- Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello

PRESIDENT Aquino had long sensed he was becoming a lame duck, although the phrase applies strictly to an elected official who's still in office after his successor's election. He was ready to waddle on the last stretch of his six-year term.

Valle: Remembering Jabidah

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:06 p.m.

THEY say that "Jabidah" is a woman's name used as a code in the covert operation that took place roughly four decades and seven years (47) ago, and which snuffed out the lives of a number of Moro youths after undergoing military training in Corregidor.

Quoting history thus:

Echaves: Keeping in step

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:05 p.m.

THOSE who think only the small fry are targeted, have another think coming. A quick scan of incidents all around shows that even the high and big, the sturdy and long-standing are no exemption.

A resurgence in scams is targeting university faculty and staff of Carnegie Mellon University. Hackers send them email about their salary increase information, yet there’s none when they open their mail. Instead, they’re asked for their personal information.

Tell it to Sun.Star: Riding motorcycles

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:00 p.m.

(The letter is addressed to Sun.Star Cebu columnist Erma M. Cuizon.)

I found your essay, “Once Again, the Motorcycle,” published last Sunday (March 15, 2015) to be interesting because it was on the very road you described, the Cebu Transcentral Highway, that I almost lost my life on a motorbike on the afternoon of Sept 27, 2011.

Hidalgo: Programs on welfare of children

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 09:54 p.m.

RESCUE Children; Arrest Parents. The city mayor said this when he saw street children sleeping on the street pavements. The children were brought to the custody of the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO), which manages the child and youth welfare programs. The parents will be arrested and brought to court to answer for the crime of parental neglect concerning taking care of their own children.

Ledesma: Political summer is here

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 09:53 p.m.

SUMMER is with us. We are feeling the scorching heat of the sun. This year, however, it is not only the weather temperature that we are talking about but the simmering election fever that is just around the corner.

Alamon: A eulogy

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 09:38 p.m.

OH WHAT glorious honor must it be to bask in the reflected light of someone called "The President." And from the sheen and gloss of the term, a whole economy of words has been committed on paper to insist that we too should revere, genuflect, and praise the misunderstood. Manuel L. Quezon, Jr.'s cleverly-titled "The Mourning After," is a passionate treatise on how we should understand his boss, the now much-loathed President Benigno S. Aquino Jr.

Domoguen: The road out for CHARMP2

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 08:06 p.m.

THE year 2014 was a busy year for the region's CHARMP2 project.

The CHARMP2 or Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resources Management Project is a joint undertaking of the Department of Agriculture (DA) with the local government units in the six provinces of the region and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

Tibaldo: Knowing and Understanding Igorot Culture (1st of 2 Parts)

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 08:04 p.m.

ARE you a native? This was a question that made many of us Baguio residents felt uneasy and taken aback whenever we were asked by our elementary and high school classmates from the lowlands of our origins or where our parents came from. Since our immature understanding of the word “native” was proximate or likened to primitive or uncivilized, it truly baffled many of us that we resorted with “taga Baguio-ak” as a non-conforming answer.

Limlingan: Appreciating Angeles City

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 06:39 p.m.

ALBEIT belatedly, I am extending my warm congratulations to Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan for being chosen as one of the recipients of the 2015 Most Outstanding Mayors Award (MOMA) by Superbrands Marketing International (SMI).

SMI is an international organization that confers awards to strongest brands in the country in 88 countries worldwide. The MOMA meanwhile is their way of recognizing the accomplishments of local chief executives for their efforts in nation building.

Green economy priorities

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 04:35 p.m.

TRIVIA. The Sun will eventually die between five and nine billion years before it becomes a red giant. Before that, the Triple-alpha process will begin in three billion years when the Sun will expand and global warming will reach beyond the boiling point and Earth will no longer hold water and all lives would end. Moreover, planets Mercury, Venus and Earth would be post-history as the expanding Sun swallows them.

However, none of us living today, and those of our children’s children to the nth generation will live to see this very distant future. In the meantime, our main concern is to address human-induced global warming.